Commissioner Stan Norwalk endorses Erv Portman to succeed him

The Wake County Democratic Party County Executive Committee will convene on May 26th at 6:30pm at the NCAE building located at 700 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC.

The purpose of this meeting:

1. Elect a nominee to replace Commissioner Stan Norwalk who resigned his position May 2, 2011.


2. Elect nominees to the County Board of Elections.

3. Elect 3 new members to the State Executive Committee, 2 male and 1 female.

Contacted by phone in Cary at his home, Commissioner Norwalk said health reasons had led to his resignation. He is currently packing for his move to Kansas, where he has relatives. He will live in a retirement community with his wife Marcia.

GOP bill to curtail early voting costs more than current system


[Republican] supporters said it would save money for local elections boards by shortening the time early voting sites are open. Legislative researchers estimate it would save counties about $2,000 per site. Bartlett disputes that. "That perceived savings would be more than offset by cost increases for several reasons," he wrote. Counties, he said, would have to deal with greater Election Day turnout. That might entail opening new precincts or buying new voting equipment. It would also reduce the flexibility early voting allows to allocate equipment and staff.


It's unclear whether Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue would sign a bill. Spokeswoman Chrissy Pearson said, "It strikes us as one of the lesser important topics to be working on right now."

Who the hell is "us" Ms. Pearson? Are you saying that making it harder for people to vote is one of the "lesser important topics" to Governor Perdue? If that's the case, both of you should start looking for new jobs right about now.

Veto this piece of crap bill, Bev. And while you're at it, get a new spokeswoman.

NC GOP hubris: Republicans "allow" two weeks of early voting

From Rep. Mike Stone's Facebook Page:

The House passed House Bill 658 on its second reading, sponsored by Reps. Jones, Stam, Collins and Sager. The bill would reduce the current early voting timeframe by a week, allowing votes be cast for 2 weeks instead of 3.

I guess that means that we, the voting public, owe you a "thank you" for allowing us those two weeks? I don't mean to sound ungracious, but GFY, pal. What Lord Stone left out of his message to us grubby serfs is: The bill barely passed, and a Veto override is next to impossible.

Is NC's offshore wind energy being stifled?

The former Minerals Management Service declares vast areas off-limits:

Apex Wind Energy requested to lease 214 square miles of ocean, all more than 20 miles off the coast, to explore the area's feasibility for a wind farm.

The Onslow Bay area was selected because of its lack of environmental and other conflicts and its strong sustained winds, according to Apex's application to the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy, Management, Regulation and Enforcement.

I smell Big Oil's influence on this issue, and it stinks to high heaven.

President Obama promotes myth about offshore drilling and gas prices

Cross-posted from the Institute for Southern Studies.

With Congress taking action in recent weeks to expand and speed up offshore oil and gas drilling, President Obama used his weekly radio address this past Saturday to weigh in on the matter. Unfortunately, he used his platform to promote a persistent myth about expanded offshore drilling: that it would bring down prices at the gas pump.

NC still holding #2 ranking for business

For the time being, that is:

The CEOs considered the factors most critical to an environment where business can thrive. Business leaders graded the states on a variety of categories that included workforce quality, taxation, regulation and living environment.

And the NC GOP is doing everything in its power to upset that balance. Massive cuts to education will transform our workforce into one that is unqualified and unprepared, and the shredding of our environmental protections could turn our state into a place even former East Germans would turn up their noses at.


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